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Over the course of three weeks, learners will engage in the modules detailed below!
Exploring Outer Space with CubeSats:
This module explores some of the more interesting aspects of how we explore both space along with how we better understand the Earth using open-source satellite data . Through projects, students will work with open-source satellite data, build model cubesats, and understand data collection.
Music Instruments & Data – Sonifying Your Data:
In this module students will work with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe to design and create playable musical instruments. Using climate data trends from NASA Climate research source, students will be tasked with composing a custom piece related to climate data such as atmospheric CO2 concentration or global temperature anomalies. Along with this, they will be encouraged to create their own notation systems and to collaborate with other members of their group in combined performances.
The World Around Us – Observational Exploration:
“The World Around Us” consists of several activities that encourage students to make observations around their homes and to consider why things are the way they are. Activities will include making sundials and journaling about local flora and fauna.
Building Wind Turbines:
During this activity, students are introduced to the concept of harnessing the power of the wind for energy and common problems associated with wind turbines. They will build model turbines with supplies from their kits that they think will best match the needs of the environment they’re given.
Two-Stage Water Rockets:
This hands-on activity encourages students to build and test rockets made out of soda bottles. By exploring the process of iterative design, students will get multiple chances to design and redesign their rocket to accomplish various challenges. By the end of the activity, the students involved will understand the importance of the iterative process of design, the importance of ‘failing fast’, and the fun outcomes you get when you keep improving on a design.